Gerard Shaka is a queer, Bahamian-American filmmaker and actor, having spent half of his live in Nassau and the other in Ft. Lauderdale, meaning he knows humidity on the most intimate of levels. After working years of retail while finishing his BA in English, Gerard transitioned into the classroom, teaching middle school English for a few years. During those years, he completed his first full manuscript of his fantasy novel, currently in the works. Shortly after, Gerard enrolled in Florida State University’s MFA Film program, focusing on Writing and Producing. He also acted in shorts and hosted events during his time there. Gerard is a 2022 OutFest Screenwriting Lab Notable Writer, and a current Finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan Student Science Discovery Award. Gerard is now based in Atlanta, where he just wrapped work in the production office on Netflix’s upcoming series A Man In Full. He’s now turned his attention to independently creating projects with his team.